Rafael Mayorga González

PhD Candidate
Employed since: March 2019
Phone: +31685657514
Email: r.mayorgagonzalez@uu.nl
Room: David de Wied 5th floor open office

Research

Research

The efficiencies of heterogeneous catalysts could be dramatically improved by rational design. One of the prerequisites for this is a better understanding of the diffusion processes in hierarchical porous structures. Thanks to recent advances in single particle tracking (SPT), it is now possible to follow single molecules with sub-diffraction-limit-precision as they move through catalyst’s porous bodies. However, the pore space of real-life catalysts is highly complex and involves length scales from the nano-level (< 2nm) to fractions of a millimeter, which complicates the studying of diffusion. The aim of this project is to unravel the mysteries of mass transfer inside heterogeneous catalysts, by tracking molecules in well-defined 3D-printed-model-structures and connecting the results with simulations as well as SPT experiments on real catalyst particles.

C.V.

C.V.

March 2019 to present

PhD Candidate, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, Utrecht University –
Utrecht, The Netherlands. 1st Promotor: Prof. Dr.  B.M. Weckhuysen (Utrecht University) 2nd Promotor: Prof. Dr. A. van den Berg (University of Twente)

August 2018 to February 2019

Research Assistant, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) – Freiburg, Germany

 

December 2015 to August 2018

Master of Science in Process Engineering, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie – Karlsruhe, Germany

Master thesis at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE): “Dynamic modelling and analysis of a miniplant for methanol production from steel mill gas” supervised by Prof. Dr. T. Kolb

Internship at BASF SE (6 months) – Ludwigshafen, Germany

Working Student for otego GmbH (1 year) – Karlsruhe, Germany

October 2011 to December 2015

Bachelor of Science in Process Engineering, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie – Karlsruhe, Germany

Bachelor thesis: “Wall slip of capillary suspensions based on a model-system and a process-close liquid, considering the influence of the particle shape on the rheological properties of coke-water suspensions” supervised by Prof. Dr. N. Willenbacher

Erasmus student exchange at University College London (1 year) – London, United Kingdom